Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Paul Pogba and Scott McTominay are major doubts and are unlikely to be fit for Manchester United’s Premier League fixture at Southampton on Sunday.
Pogba has been out of action with an ankle injury, which the United boss revealed is not related to the injury that plagued the midfielder last season.
McTominay also missed out on United’s 4-1 midweek Champions League victory over Istanbul Basaksehir with an unspecified injury.
Solskjaer does not anticipate the return of the midfield duo as the Red Devils look for a fourth consecutive win at the expense of the in-form Saints.
There was better news as Marcus Rashford, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who were taken off in the win over Basaksehir, but took part in training on Friday.
“Scott and Paul didn’t train this morning,” Solskjaer said on Friday. “They weren’t on the grass, so look very unlikely for the weekend.
“Marcus, Victor, Aaron came through the session today, so hopefully they should be okay but still not 100 per cent.”
Jesse Lingard is available for selection, having completed a period of self-isolation after close contact with an individual who tested positive for coronavirus, but Luke Shaw (hamstring) is still not fully fit.
Donny van de Beek and and Edinson Cavani impressed after being given starts against the Turkish champions and Solskjaer suggested they will get another chance at St Mary’s Stadium.
“Luke has just started his rehab, out on the grass, not out with the team yet. Jesse’s back from his isolation period, so he had a couple of days training with the group. Apart from that, Phil Jones is out until after Christmas sometime,” Solskjaer said.
“We played on Tuesday then don’t have a game until Sunday, so it’s been a long period for us, we managed to give the boys a day off during this difficult time. [Van de Beek and Cavani] will both be available to play and I’m sure if they do they’ll be capable again.”
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